For many businesses, the holiday season turns out to be anything but merry. Statistics show 54% of employees feel stressed leading up to the holidays – most of which is due to the increased workload of the Christmas season.
To help reduce holiday stress in your business, we’re sharing a list of four tips to keep “festive fatigue” at bay for you and your team.
1. Set your priorities
When you’re buried under holiday stress – the social gathering, gift purchasing and increased workloads – take a step back to evaluate.
Stop and consider what you’ve achieved this year, and what’s up next. Don’t try to get to the bottom of your to-do list – it’s always growing and will still be there in January.
Not everything is as urgent as it seems, so decide what’s needed now and what can wait.
2. Bring in extra help
With permanent employees booking time off, it’s hardly surprising many business owners and employees suffer “festive fatigue” at this time of year.
One effective way of managing holiday stress is to hire extra helping hands at Christmas time.
3. Have a Christmas party
Christmas parties are a much-loved annual event, and they have many stress management benefits – including giving employees the chance to mingle, celebrate and making them feel valued and appreciated. Parties are always a great way to show employees that their hard work throughout the year has not gone unnoticed.
4. Pre-plan your marketing campaign
Do you worry about the financial impact Christmas has on your business? Aim to generate an additional cash flow by implementing strategies like festive sales.
Christmas offers fantastic marketing opportunities! Try offering a promo on massage therapy sessions – to patients and staff alike – as a way to de-stress during the holiday season. It’s not only a great gift idea, but also an effective marketing strategy.
Be sure to pre-plan your marketing campaigns to help reduce the stress caused by managing multiple projects during this hectic time of year. For example, get blogs and social media posts written and scheduled well in advance, giving you peace of mind during the holiday season.
In the comments below, let us know some of the strategies that you have implemented for managing holiday stress and starting the New Year off on the right foot.
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